Malila: The Farewell Flower
Writer-director Anucha Boonyawatana crafts a gentle and explorative portrait of the fleeting nature of love and the inevitability of loss. Set in a lush tropical region of rural Thailand, the plot is driven by Shane, an alcoholic drowning in grief from losing his only child. As Shane stumbles into his formless future, he reconnects with his estranged lover, Pitch. What follows is a delicate, meditative study in embracing trauma, desire and spirituality. Steeped in lush, dreamlike visuals, Boonyawatana doesnÕt shy away from the visceral reality of death but equally embraces the sensual and carnal desires of the body and heart.